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   January 13, 2019


The Baptism of the Lord


St. Michael’s Christian Community, located on the Menominee Indian Reservation, is a diverse Christian community reaching out to all residents, learning, loving, sharing, and communicating with one another through the teachings and practices celebrated in the Mass and the holy sacraments of the Catholic Church by integrating sacred symbols and spiritual practices of the Menominee.



Anamehawikamek Welcome 



                          ST MICHAEL’S                                                   

                                                                         P.O. Box 610  

                                                                    Keshena, WI 54135  

 Pastoral Staff:

Fr. Nonito Barra

Parish Administrator (715) 799-3811

Rectory (715) 994-1337

Fr. Joel Jores

Parochial Vicar (715) 787-3377

Mark Fuller

Deacon (715) 201-2961

Vicki Hermsen

Parish Secretary (715) 799-3811

Kathy King-Tucker

Religious Education (715) 799-3927

Parish Trustees:

Kathy Kaquatosh

Kitty Gilane

Pastoral Council Chair:

Sylvia Wilber

Finance Council Chair:

Andy Sulskis

Thrift N Gift Coordinator:

Cookie Vigue

Food Pantry Coordinator:

Pat Gwidt

Mass Schedule:

Saturday:  5:00 pm

Sunday:  9:00 am

Reconciliation: Saturday 4:30 – 4:45 pm

Daily Mass Chapel:  8:00 am

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Kateri Prayer Circle:

After 8:00 am Mass Thursday morning

SATURDAY MASS:    5:00 pm  

SUNDAY MASS:   9:00 am

CONFESSION:        Saturday 4:30 - 4:45pm

ROSARY:  Saturday 3:40 pm     Sunday  8:35 am

DAILY MASS:      Chapel Southside of Church


           Mission Statement: St. Michael’s Christian Community, located on the Menominee Indian Reservation, is a diverse Christian community reaching out to all residents, learning, loving, sharing and communicating with one another through the teachings and practices celebrated in the Mass & the holy sacraments of the Catholic Church by integrating sacred symbols and spiritual practices of the Menominee. 


SATURDAY MASS:    5:00 pm     SUNDAY MASS:  9:00 am

CONFESSION:     Saturday 3:30 - 3:45pm     ROSARY:  Saturday 3:40 pm     Sunday  8:40 am

DAILY MASS:    Chapel Southside of Church Tuesday, Wednesday. Thursday, Friday 8:00 am    

HOLY HOUR:  1st Thursday of the Month from 6-7 pm

ANNOINTING OF THE SICK: Individual arrangements can be made through the Parish Office

BAPTISM:  Preparation program required. Please contact the Parish Office. 

MARRIAGE:  Make arrangements with the pastor six months prior to desired date.

CONFIRMATION:   Wednesdays  6-7:30 September-May



  A note from your Deacon


A Note from your Deacon:  (Jan 13, 2019)

This weekend we celebrate “The Baptism of the Lord,” and as I searched for a short note to share with you regarding this feast, I came across an interesting news item.  Fifty years ago, this baptismal site of Jesus was closed and declared a war zone.  This occurred after the 1968 war between Israel and Jordan, when an estimated 6,500 land mines were laid in the ground to prevent Jordanian militants from attacking Jewish settlements. This area, known as “The Land of the Monasteries,” was home to several churches and monasteries which had to be abandoned. The mines surrounded sacred sites owned by the Roman Catholic Church and the Coptic, Ethiopian, Greek, Romanian, Armenian, Russian and Syrian orthodox churches.   For 50 years, no one stepped foot in the church buildings. The monasteries were abandoned in the middle of daily life, with old winemaking equipment rusting in one corner and a shoe forgotten on a staircase in a hurry, now encrusted in half a century of dust.   The place of baptism for the Lord Jesus was doomed to be place of destruction for those who dare set foot in the area.  However, through the slow work of God, things began to change.  In 1995, Israel declared peace with Jordan but the area remained closed.  In 2000, Israeli authorities cleared the landmines along a narrow access road leading to Jesus’ baptismal site for the visit of Pope John Paul II.  In 2011, authorities opened the road to pilgrims for the first time, allowing access to the river but not to the monasteries and churches.    A few years later, The HALO Trust, the world's largest humanitarian landmine clearance organization, decided it would be good to clear the whole area around the baptismal site, an area of 1 million acres, explaining that it would be an important symbol of religious harmony at a time of great conflict in the region.   Pope Francis gave his full support and interest to the project.  It took time to fundraise but in the spring of 2018, land mine clearing began.  A team of 22 specialized bomb sappers from the country of Georgia, along with dozens of Palestinian support staff had cleared 1,500 landmines from three of the seven church compounds by mid-December 2018.  By December 2019, it is hoped the whole area will be cleared. As this nation continues its debate about building walls on borders, it is refreshing to hear about other efforts, to clear and open a land from deliberate death and destruction. As each site is cleared of mines, each church community will once again be able to return and worship, truly honoring once more, the “Prince of Peace.”

Upon Further Reflection

A religious education class was almost finished making their models of the nativity scene and one little boy had done a lovely job.   Some animals, Mary, Joseph, three wise men, shepherds were all there.  However the teacher noticed an extra, rather, overweight man in the scene as well.

“Who is that person?”  she asked.


“Oh, that Round John Virgin.”

In His mercy,


Deacon Mark


The Mass – A slice at a time

The reading of the Gospel 

It constitutes the high point of the Liturgy of the Word. The liturgy itself teaches the great reverence that is to be shown t this reading by setting it off from the other readings with special marks of honor, by the fact of which minister is appointed to proclaim it and by the blessing or prayer with which he prepares himself; and also by the fact that through their acclamation the faithful acknowledge and confess that Christ is present and is speaking to them and stand as they listen to the reading and by the mere fact of the marks of reverence that are given to the Book of the Gospels..





On Wednesday January 9, 2019 we welcomed back the students to Faith Formation after Christmas break.  The children were able to see the beautiful Christmas decorations in the church and view the Nativity scene up close.  We watched a short animated video depicting the Baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist that is in this Sunday’s Gospel.  Faith Formation will meet from 6-7:30 pm January 16, January 23 and January 30.



Kateri Prayer Circle

Never underestimate the power of prayer. Just one small prayer can change your life. If you or your family members need prayers for any reason, please call one of our Kateri Prayer Circle members, who will in turn call members of their group.  Soon, many prayers will be offered for your specific prayer request.  Please call: 

Fay Waupochick 715-799-3437

Leatha Grinhaug 715-994-1098

You can also call the parish office with your Prayer request 715-799-3811. 



Do you like to sing?   Can you play an instrument?  We are looking to get a choir together.  If you are interested in singing or playing an instrument and would like to be a part of this choir, please call the parish office at (715) 799-3811  




                                                                                       January 13, 2019

             The Baptism of the Lord


1/14.…..…..…....…………….……………..…No Mass 

       1/15....Rev Joseph Dorner, Rev Lawrence Canavera

          1/16…….…Deacon Peter Gard, Deacon Mark Hibbs 

       1/17.…...………………………..…Kateri Prayer Circle

            1/18 ………………………….The Poor and Homele

  1/19………..Living & Deceased of St. Michael Parish

     1/20…………...Jack & Pat Hermsen and Family L&D





Financial Blessings


January 5 & 6








Liturgical Ministers  


 Saturday, January 19th, 5 pm   

  Lector      Servers      Eucharistic Minister

Lela & Matt Schwitzer


Deacon Mark Fuller


 Sunday, January 20th, 9 am                                                             

 Lector        Servers      Eucharistic Minister


Dan & Sophie Hanauer


Deacon Mark Fuller


Saturday, January 26th, 5 pm  

  Lector        Servers      Eucharistic Minister  

Lisa Peters


Pat Gwidt


 Sunday, January 27th, 9 am   

 Lector        Servers      Eucharistic Minister  

Kathy Tucker


Vicki Hermsen



Un-Decorating the Church after the Epiphany 


St. Michael’s Worship Committee will be taking the decorations down after Mass today,  following 9 am Mass.  Please join us.



Pro-Life Novena

Join thousands of Catholics nationwide in the annual pro-life novena, 9 Days for Life, Monday January 14-Tuesday, January 22. Pray for the respect of all human life with daily intentions, brief reflections and more. Download a free mobile app, or sign up to receive the novena through daily emails or text message. (A printable version is also available online). Sign up at!  


Menominee-Shawano County March for Life

The Menominee-Shawano County Chapter of Wisconsin Right to Life is sponsoring their annual March for Life to commemorate the 46th anniversary of the Roe v Wade decision legalizing abortion. The march is on January 20, 2019 at Shawano City Hall Community center at 1:00PM. 


Souper Bowl Saturday

St. Francis Parish Hall in Gresham on February 2.  Serving 10:00-2:00. Soup and sandwich special $6.00. Serving soups, sandwiches, desserts, beverages. Fresh bakery, books, puzzles, board games and DVDs for sale. Come for great bargains, food, and basket raffles. 


Mass Intentions

There are a lot of days open to have Masses said for your loved ones in 2019. Please stop in the Parish Office. The Mass stipend is $10.



The Community Resource Center in Keshena offers an array of classes including computer skills, preparing for employment, and much more. Classes are open to the general public. Call 715-799-5137 for more information. 


Food Pantry

The food pantry will NOT be open January 1st due to the New Years Holiday. We will be open Tuesday, January 8th and January 22nd from 1-3 pm. We are in need of brown paper bags and personal hygiene items. 

Thank you parishioners and visitors for the 55 pounds of food and personal hygiene donated during Advent.

St. Michael’s Thrift N Gift

Thrift & Gift will be open January 15th and 22nd from Noon to 3 pm.    If you have a donation, it can be dropped off at the Parish Office or Thrift N Gift. We are currently looking for silverware and we are in need of towels. 


Book Share

Book share is open the second Sunday of the month following 9 am Mass in conjunction with Fellowship Sunday. Will you consider hosting one of the Sundays left this year?  It would be greatly appreciated!  Remember we have books for all ages, lots of cookbooks, resource books and religious too!  You are always welcome to drop books off either at the entrance to church before Mass or at the church office when they are open.. Questions, please call Anne Sulskis at 715-851-0160.  Thank you!



 Watch for Slippery Sidewalks/Parking Lots

It’s that time of year for slippery sidewalks and parking lots. Please use caution when walking in and out of Church.                                 SLIPPERY 



Estate Planning

When doing your estate planning, please remember St. Michael Parish.  If you have questions, please contact the parish office at 715-799-3811. 


Mass for the homebound: 

 Mass services for the Homebound are offered by the following TV stations: WACY-TV- channel 32 at 8:00 am Sundays, WBAY-TV-channel 2 at 5:30 am on Sundays. Mass offered online at Check the website for times and dates. 


 Parish Office Hours St. Michael 

The Parish office will be open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 1 pm.




Deadline for new information is 9:00 pm Monday evenings. Contact parish office to Submit.  






                  Mark Your Calendars/Events St. Michael


            01/13/2019  Building & Grounds Collection  

  Take down Church decorations  10 am

    01/08/2019 Finance Council 11 am

    01/08/2019 Food Pantry 1:00 – 3:00 pm

            01/08/2019 Thrift N Gift 12:00 – 3:00 pm

    01/12/2019 Building & Grounds Collection

                                                          01/13/2019 Take down Church decorations  10 am

                                    01/13/2019 Building & Grounds Collection

            01/13/2019 Fellowship Sunday 10:00 am

         01/15/2019 Thrift n Gift 1:00 – 3:00 pm 

    01/15/2019 Knights of Columbus 7:00 pm

    01/22/2019 Food Pantry 1:00 – 3:00 pm

    01/22/2019 Thrift N Gift 12:00 – 3:00 pm

 01/28/2019 Finance Council11:00 – 12:00 pm

      01/28/2019 Pastoral Council 6:00 – 7:30 pm





                           St. Michael – 5:00 pm Saturday; 9:00 am Sunday

St. Anthony – 10:30 am Sunday

           St. Francis Solanus – 8:30 am Sunday

                                           St. Mary - 4:00 pm Saturday (Will change to 4 pm 9/8/2018) 











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